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Navigating the Maze: Understanding Different Types of Drug Addictions

There are many different types of drug addictions, and each type can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of age, background, social status, or ethnicity. It is important to understand the different types of drug addictions, as well as the common signs that they are often associated with. This way, if you are ever in a situation where someone you know is struggling, you will be able to recognize and take steps to address the problem. 

People like parents, teachers, and coaches are often the first responders when it comes to educating young people about addiction and recognizing the signs of substance use disorder (SUD). However, many people don’t take the time to learn about how to recognize and differentiate certain addictions. This could be because it is easier to believe that they will never be in a position where they would have to worry about them. In reality, however, you just never know when being able to recognize the signs of substance abuse could be necessary or even crucial. 

At Sage Recovery, we recognize that everyone’s experience and struggle with substance abuse can look different. This is why we offer individualized treatment plans as well as resources to help family members who may have a loved one struggling. 

Types of Drug Addictions: Opioids

The opioid crisis continues to affect many people across the globe by destroying families and claiming lives far too soon. Opioids are medically prescribed to treat severe levels of pain. Yet, these substances are often misused, abused, and obtained illegally. Meanwhile, these are very powerful and addictive drugs that can quickly lead to overdose. 

Unfortunately, many people become addicted to opioids completely by accident. They may have been prescribed an opioid by a doctor to treat pain after surgery or a major injury. However, they may have found it very difficult to stop taking the drug or may have felt like they needed more of it to experience the same relief. 

Some examples of commonly abused opioids include: 

When someone continues to abuse opioids over time, they build up a tolerance to it. They may begin taking more and more of the drug or begin taking it more frequently to experience the same effects. This also increases the risk of overdose. 

It is important to be able to recognize the common signs of opioid overdose including: 

If you think someone may be experiencing an opioid overdose, it is important to call 911 right away. Don’t make the mistake of waiting for the symptoms to progress before calling for help. 

Types of Drug Addictions: Stimulants

Stimulants are a type of drug that speeds up the central nervous system. As a result, stimulants can make you feel more awake and cause a sense of rush or high. Many addictive stimulant drugs are illegal, but some stimulants are available by prescription and are used to treat conditions like narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

Some examples of stimulants include: 

Misusing stimulants can have both short-term and long-term side effects. Some signs often associated with stimulant abuse include: 

Types of Drug Addictions: Alcohol

While many people don’t think of it in this way, alcohol is a depressant substance. It slows down the central nervous system, causing you to become more relaxed and less aware of your surroundings. Even just short-term alcohol misuse can wreak havoc on the body and mind. 

Alcohol can weaken the immune system and make you more susceptible to illness. It can also lead to weight gain, digestive issues, high blood pressure, and poor sleep. Moreover, when alcohol misuse continues for an extended period of time, it can lead to liver damage, an increased risk of heart disease, as well as an increased risk of certain types of cancers. 

When someone drinks a large amount of alcohol over a short period, they can be at risk of alcohol overdose. This is also sometimes referred to as alcohol poisoning, and it can be deadly if medical attention is not sought right away. 

Types of Drug Addictions: Marijuana

Marijuana is legal in many states across the nation. Because of this, many people don’t think of it as a dangerous or addictive drug. However, more studies are coming out about marijuana use and an increased risk of psychosis. Marijuana psychosis can cause a person to experience delusions and engage in risky and even dangerous behavior. 

Meanwhile, at Sage Recovery, we treat a wide variety of different addictions and offer personalized, compassionate care to all who enter our facility. No matter what type of drug addiction an individual is struggling with, we have the resources and professional skills needed to help them achieve and sustain sobriety. 

Many people are taught about the dangers of drug use when they are younger but never think that it could ever be a problem for them. They may believe that they will never have to worry about struggling with addiction. “It won’t happen to me,” is a phrase that many people who have struggled with addiction also once thought themselves. The reality is, however, that addiction can affect anyone at any time. It affects people of all different walks of life. No matter what type of addiction you may be struggling with, there is hope. Our team at Sage Recovery can help you break free from addiction. Call (512) 306-1394 today.